ENFIELD - Carl MacDonald passed away at 78 following a long struggle with diabetes.
He loved everything outdoors, dancing, telling stories, holding babies, and soaking up every part of life. He lived life with courage, humor, and lots of love. His love started with his wife, best friend, and partner in life of 41 years, Dale MacDonald.
He was a family man who left behind roots that will continue to grow for generations to come leaving behind 8 children: Arras Martin (Dave), Leslie Underwood (Brett), Doug MacDonald (Joanne Landi), Dennis MacDonald, Carl MacDonald (Susan), Heidi Delano (Fred), Melissa Smith (Brian Corcoran), Allison Stewart and 18 grandchildren and 10.9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters: Dolores Mayo (George) and Joyce "Cricket" MacDonald.
He was raised in the northern Maine town of Masardis, the oldest of eight children born to Douglas and Annie MacDonald and developed a deep love of the outdoors. He loved to fish and pole a canoe, traveling to great lengths to catch the perfect salmon. Following a Maine tradition, he started working in the woods at the age of 11, spawning a lifetime of hard work. He attended Lee Academy as a dormitory student, crediting the education he received for altering his life, running cross country and track while he was there. Carl turned into an active alumni, serving as president of the alumni association for several years.
He furthered his education earning a BS from the University of Maine, running track also for UMaine, and continued to cheer for the Black Bears the rest of his life. He also received a Masters of Arts in teaching from Colby College. Carl taught chemistry and physics for 38 years at Lee Academy, Hermon High School, Old Town High School, and Eastern Maine Technical College. He coached many sports, including several he had never done himself in an effort to give children opportunities to try something new. This is how he learned to ski.
Carl loved to make homemade rolls, camp cooking, music, singing, and laughing deep with his belly. This was made possible for a dozen more years because of the gift of a kidney by his son in law Brett, a gift he was forever grateful to have received. Carl will be greatly missed but we take with us priceless memories, including his many sayings. When asked how he was he'd say "time will tell."
He was predeceased by 5 siblings and his grandson Tyler MacDonald.
Friends may call from noon to 2pm Saturday September 26, 2015 at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road Lincoln, Maine where a funeral service will follow at 2pm. Burial to follow at PotterBrook Cemetery in Winn.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lee Academy for a scholarship that will be set up in his name. Checks should be made out to Lee Academy - Carl MacDonald Scholarship Fund and sent to 26 Winn Road Lee ME 04455 to the attention of Jessica Raymond.
Condolences may be left at www.clayfuneralhome.com